Nominated for the Liebster Award

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In case you don’t know, the Liebster Award is an online award given to bloggers by other bloggers.  It helps introduce new blogs to a wider audience and increase their exposure.  I was thrilled when I was nominated by Aneta over at Street Art Rat earlier this week.  Aneta puts up daily posts, sharing incredible street art around the world.  Her blog has inspired me to explore and search for urban art in the cities I’ve visited.

When I write and share my photos, I put a little bit of myself out there.  I don’t know how it’s going to be received by the world, so it’s always a great honor to know that people are following along and giving me feedback.  Thank you Aneta for reading and nominating us! Continue reading

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New York: Street Arts

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I’ve taken pictures of street art and graffiti from all over the world, but I’ve yet to really explore the beautiful urban art in my own backyard.  Every time I walk around the city and see something interesting, I find myself without my trusty camera. Since I was stuck in the city last weekend,  I made it a point to go walking from the Lower East Side  to Soho,  a few areas known for its street art. Continue reading

Photo of the Week: Brooklyn Bridge

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As much as I love to travel, I also love spending time in New York City, especially when the weather is nice.  One of the best ways to get to know the city is by walking, and you can walk across this iconic bridge spanning from lower Manhattan to downtown Brooklyn. The Brooklyn bridge is one of the oldest bridges in the United States. 

There are designated walkways and bike lanes on the bridge so you’ll never have to worry about oncoming traffic, but make sure you walk off to the side to avoid the bikes that come whipping by. Once you get to the half-way point, stop at the lookout points where you can check out the Manhattan skyline. 

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Photo of the Week: Halo

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This photo of Fausto juxtaposed against bright lights was taken a few years ago at a New York public art festival, Bring to Light. Similar to Nuit Blanche, artists from around the world joined together to create light, sound, and performance installations transforming the industrial Brooklyn streets into an immersive experience for thousands of visitors. Held on the waterfront of Greenpoint, this event felt more intimate than the spectacles of Toronto’s Nuit Blanche.

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The Day My Life Changed

Two years ago on this day, I found out I had breast cancer.  Yes, the dreaded ‘C’ word.  This was a shock to me, because to be honest, no one in their early 30s is expected to deal with this, right?  At that age, I still feel invincible, and there was no time to contemplate my mortality.  I still remember getting the call from the OBGYN office asking me to come in for my results. It was then that I knew it was going to be bad news (why else would they call you in?). In that minute my world changed. At 33 years old, with no family history, I sat there in silence as the doctor told me I had ductal carcinoma-in-situ. That was the bad news; the good news I was told, is that the cancer was caught early and was non-invasive. Yay me?

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Photo of the Week: Spring

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Spring is here and yet the weather is still cold and dreary.  So what’s a better way to remind ourselves of spring than with a picture of this stunning orchid in bloom.  Last weekend, I trekked up to the Bronx to go to the annual Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. As you enter the conservatory, you’re hit by the intoxicating smell, heat, and humidity that clings to your skin and fogs up your camera lens.  It transports you from the bitter cold of New York to a tropical paradise.

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Time Management

I am sure you’ve noticed that I’ve been conspicuously quiet on the blog the last few weeks.  There was a death in our family which prompted me to make a last minute flight back to Canada.  I’ve been home ever since, spending time with the people I love the most.  But even before that, I’ve been struggling with time management, especially the last few months when work had gotten increasingly busy.  That’s one of the challenges of being a part time travel blogger while holding down a full time job.  Juggling work, traveling, and writing can be tough at times, particularly when I continue to fall behind on my posts. 

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Photo of the Week: Atlas

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This past weekend a snow storm came and blanketed the city in a layer of white powder.  I quickly changed into my cold weather gear, grabbed my camera, and headed out into the wintry city.  I walked the length of midtown Manhattan, hoping to get a few winter scenery photos.  As I trudged by Rockefeller center passing the oft-photographed art-deco statue of Atlas, I took this photo from the entrance of 30 Rock showing the vantage point from the back of the bronze sculpture looking across Fifth Avenue to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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Midnight at the Museum

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One of the great things about living in New York City is that things are open late.  The grocery store at the corner stays open until 1 am, the drug stores are open 24 hours.  Once in a while, even the museums stays open over night.  Last  weekend was one of those instances where the MoMA decided to stay open all night to allow people the opportunity to see the Matisse cut-out exhibit before it closed on Tuesday.  Since it was my birthday weekend, Fausto was being extra accommodating and agreed to venture out with me.  We had a big cup of coffee to stay awake and headed over to the museum around 10:30 pm. Continue reading

Guess what day it is!

It’s the one day a year, where I get to be mushy – Caitlin’s birthday!  Like me, Caitlin isn’t into big celebrations; she prefers smaller, more intimate events. She does however like to be reminded when her birthday is coming up, and just mentioning it causes her face to light up. Normally, we would use this occasion to plan a trip away and simultaneously escape the cold weather in February.  This year because of my new job, the logistics just didn’t work out.  We even came close to booking a short trip to Milan but had to cancel it at the last minute. Instead, we are home this week, just in time for the deep freeze. I know she is not expecting a large display, but she deserves a thoughtful one at least.  Caitlin is always thinking about me – making sure I’m presentable, fed, and ready for anything. She’s one of the strongest people I know, and among the long list of her super-powers are:

  • her impeccable memory,
  • her appetite,
  • the speed with which she reads books,
  • her ability to win every argument,
  • and her being the best all-around wife anyone can ask for.

With that being said, I’ll leave you all with the baby picture displaying Caitlin’s trademark face. Its the face that motivates me, and keeps me in line. Love you sweetie, happy birthday!

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